Israeli industries polluting Palestinian city of Tulkarm

Geshuri activities, a privately owned Israeli agrochemicals company that manufactures pesticides and fertilizers has been denounced by the potential serious health implications of its site of occupation for the many residents neighbouring the factories.
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Basic Data
NameIsraeli industries polluting Palestinian city of Tulkarm
ProvinceWest Bank
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Industrial and Utilities conflicts
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Chemical industries
Specific CommoditiesChemical products
Industrial waste
Project Details and Actors
Project Details
500 dunams :
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Type of PopulationSemi-urban
Potential Affected Population60.000 (Turlkarm population)
Start Date01/01/1987
Company Names or State EnterprisesKeshet Prima and Geshuri from Israel
Relevant government actorsIsraeli Army, Ministry of Industry Israel trade and employment
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersLocal farmers’ union, Civil society Organizations, Human Rights Organizations.
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Industrial workers
Informal workers
Local government/political parties
Social movements
Trade unions
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of MobilizationCommunity-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Property damage/arson
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Fires, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Soil erosion, Waste overflow, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Potential: Food insecurity (crop damage)
Health ImpactsVisible: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Occupational disease and accidents, Other environmental related diseases
Potential: Deaths, Other Health impacts
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood, Militarization and increased police presence, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place, Other socio-economic impacts
Project StatusIn operation
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCourt decision (failure for environmental justice)
Application of existing regulations
New Environmental Impact Assessment/Study
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.The attempt at remedies, including a nuisance action, is on-going.
Sources and Materials

The Socio-economic Impact of Settlements on Land, Water, and the Palestinian Economy
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Huge explosion and fire in illegal Israeli chemical factory in Tulkarm on Thursday night
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Tulkarem: A city under dust
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Media Links

Part 1 : Israel's Chemical Factories in Tulkarem, West Bank, 5-3-2010
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Part 2 : Israel's chemical factories in Tulkarem, West Bank, 5-3-2010
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Other CommentsLook out for an upcoming publication of Environmental Injustice in Occupied Palestinian Territory, by Al Haq and Heinrich Boll Foundation.
Meta Information
ContributorEnvironmental Justice in Palestine team
Last update08/12/2014